State Parks sets second public planning meeting for Fudge Point property

A second public meeting will be held Jan. 28 to discuss the future of Washington State Parks’ Fudge Point property on Harstine Island.

At the meeting, State Parks staffers want to:

• Evaluate land classification options,

• Explore alternative approaches for a long-term boundary, and

• Develop management strategies that address community and park visitor issues.

Fudge Point is located on the island’s east side, 0.75 miles south of McMicken Island State Park. Washington State Parks acquired the 136-acre property in 2013 and 2014 for public access and recreation. The property includes 3,300 acres of natural shoreline; Buffington’s Lagoon; a flat, sandy beach and adjacent uplands. The location is recognized as having high-quality habitat, including undisturbed nearshore habitat for salmon.

The upcoming meeting is the second in a four-stage planning process. State Parks staff will present several alternatives, based on comments provided at a public meeting in October and on the agency’s website. Comments during this phase will allow planners to develop and further refine these alternatives to forge a vision for the property, according to a department news release.

At the October meeting, staffers kicked off the planning process by presenting background information and giving the public an opportunity to provide input on a vision for recreation possibilities at the property.